Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Head Board Turned Bench

I have wanted to make one of these for many years and I finally had what I thought might be the perfect bed to repurpose into a bench. With the help of my husband, we set out to make this Pinterest project a reality. I showed him a few pictures of benches that were made from full size beds and we got started. Our first task at hand was to cut the foot board in half. Most of the directions suggest to cut those pieces from 18-19 inches. This will be the depth of your bench. I measured several benches that I have in my house and most were 18 inches. Here is a picture of the full size bed that I had picked up a few weeks ago and I knew this one was perfect for this project.

After cutting the foot board into with the skill saw, we attached it to the head board with wood screws. These were attached from the back side of the head board. The next step was putting a board across the front to attach the sides. This board is also where the 1x4's will be attached later for the seat. After this was squared and screwed into the sides of the foot board, it was ready for paint. I applied 3 coats of Paint Couture's Angelic. Here's a pic of the painted bench at this point. 

I liked the detail on this bed and I decided to use Light Brown Sugar Glaze by Paint Couture. Glazes are great products to use when you have detail and it gives depth to the piece. I sanded this lightly and then applied the glaze. The next step is cutting the boards for the seat area of the bench. We used 1x4's and after cutting fifteen, we sanded and stained them with a dark brown glaze. We decided that we wanted the boards to extend over the front about a 1/2" and in the back another 1/2".  If you've not used glaze to stain wood, I highly recommend it. The glazes we sell are odor free and clean up with soap and water. They come in several different colors and are very easy to use.

After the wood pieces dried we used the Ryobi power stapler to attach the boards. This part of the project was probably the hardest. Why? The spacing was tricky and it took a lot of time to get them "just right"! If you have any questions about the construction of the bench just leave me a comment and I'll try to answer.

And this is the final pictures of our bench we made from a full size bed. I enjoyed doing this project and I have another bed in storage that may get transformed too! All of the products used in this post were from Fresh Finds, LLC in Jasper. You can visit us from 9-5 everyday except Tuesday's. We also have a store online, that you can visit everyday. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Farmhouse Signs DIY

It's been awhile since I have written a post on my blog! But as the new year approaches I feel the urgency to get new workshops in the making and new ideas are flowing through my mind. 
I'm looking forward to 2017 and what our little shop has planned. We are going on our fourth year at Fresh Finds, LLC and we are so thankful for all our customers that have supported us. 
Our website has all the classes that we offer and you can register online just by clicking the workshop that you would like to take. 
One of our most popular workshops last year was the sign class. I've been working on signs for a couple of days. I LOVE making signs and I love stencils! I can make the biggest mess in my kitchen and dining area when I pull out all of my stencils, paints, and brushes. But it's great that I can paint indoors with our all green products and not worry about harmful toxins and smells. 
The first sign I made is a board from a special place. It came from my grandmother's old garage/barn. It's seventy-five years old and has great old weathered paint and crackle on it. What could be more perfect for a sign, right? I had to repair the back with metal brackets because it was cracked. I used 3.5" stencils for this sign and I used Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Typewriter black. I will seal the Farmhouse sign with Miss Mustard Seed's Tough Coat to help keep the wonderful crackle and chippy paint in place. Here's a couple of pictures of the sign.

I also painted and stenciled this sign out of a 1x8 cedar board that I've had in the garage for some time. Miss Mustard Seed's Boxwood was used for the base coat and then I sealed it with Dark Wax to give an old distressed look. 

Next was a pallet board stenciled with white letters that say LOVE. I'm getting a jump on Valentine's Day with this one! Pallet boards have a good rustic natural look.

The stencils I used on my signs are a heavy 10m that can be used over and over. If you are looking for a heavier stencil that can make great signs I highly recommend these. Fresh will have these in stock soon or take a class and they will be included! 
We are open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9-5. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Do you make New Year Resolutions? I'm not much on all that, so I don't make any. Happy New Year and Happy Painting!